Saarland University (German: Universität des Saarlandes) is a modern research university located in Saarbrücken, the capital of the German state of Saarland. It was founded in 1948 in Homburg in co-operation with France and is organized in six faculties that cover all major fields of science. In 2007, the university was recognized as an excellence center for computer science in Germany.
htw saar assumes a pioneering role among Germany's strongest research Universities of Applied Sciences. Between 1989 and 1992 the Federal-State Commission's model test for stimulating applied research at universities of applied sciences (SAFF - Stimulierung Anwendungsbezogener Forschung an Fachhochschulen) was implemented at htw saar. Since then it has substantially reinforced its strengths in applied research, in scientifically founded, practice-oriented teaching and in knowledge transfer.
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The htw saar library provides students with access to print and electronic information sources. Each campus has its own library.
In addition to providing students with a high-quality education, htw saar offers a wide variety of leisure and recreational activities both on and off campus. Activities include an extensive sports programme and a wide range of cultural activities such as student drama groups, musical ensembles and choirs. The 'Mensa' - the student refectory - is not only a popular place to eat, it’s also a good place for students to meet. And Saarbrücken also boasts a great range of cafes, bars and parks, where students can hang out and relax.
In order to create a place for students and staff to get together and to generate a feeling of community, htw saar's sports department offers - in cooperation with other universities of the region - a comprehensive sports programme: from Aikido to Yoga.